The MEGA Guide to Art Basel Miami Beach: Day 1

Gary Pini
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The Royal Palm (1545 Collins Avenue, South Beach) has been re-born as a new member of the James group of hotels. They are jumping right into the Art Basel fray with an exclusive after-party following the opening of the new fair on the beach, UNTITLED, tonight. (They're also hosting this year's official AB/MB closing party on Sunday, December 9.) The hotel houses the Miami branch of New York's popular Catch restaurant and another spot called Florida Cookery.

Cool Miami gallery Locust Projects (3852 North Miami Avenue, Miami) is presenting a big installation by Chicago artist Theaster Gates called "Soul Manufacturing Corporation" that will be up December 3 - 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For the work, Gates plans to "create a factory consisting of four pavilions occupied by skilled makers who will produce 'things' throughout the week." At the same time, a yoga instructor, a DJ and a reader will entertain the "makers" and the viewers. Locust Projects will be celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2013.

Never before seen photos of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will be on view at The Betsy Hotel (1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach). The shots are from the archives of Bob Bonis and were shot between 1964 and 1966 while he was the tour manager for both bands' first US tours. After Bonis passed away, his son took the images to a rock 'n' roll memorabilia specialist who organized this "first Florida showcase of the images." The exhibit is free and open to the public all week.

A retrospective of works by Las Vegas-based artist Martin Kreloff will be on view from December 3rd to the 9th in the JW Marriott Hotel (1109 Brickell Avenue, Miami). The show will reunite many of the participants in an event called "Miami Says ART" that took place in 1976 while Kreloff was a student at the University of Miami and featured local cultural leaders each saying the word "ART."

Brazilian home design brand ORNARE kicks off Art Week Miami with their "Tastemakers Showcase" from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight in the Design District.

Photo above: Theaster Gates, from "Soul Manufacturing Corporation"

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